If you are truly a car person a stick is the only option. I mean what car would you rather have on a track? People with autos are usually the type to just use a car as a way to get from point a to point b. Most with sticks have serious pride in their car and go above and beyond normal maintenance. Not trying to get anyone upset just basing this off my friends and people I meet at shows ect.
If your working under the hood of a car and drop something, it will always roll to the middle of the car and just out of reach.
Ralco short throw shifter